University A steps up its game to take challenge shield

University A stamped its mark on the competition in week two, taking the challenge shield off Kings United.

The two teams are stacked with talent and will both be expecting to be frontrunners this season.

While Kings had a huge win last week, University was coming off a nail-biter, and would have been looking to improve its play from week one. It did just that.

The Whales boast one of the most dangerous midfields seen in recent times in Dunedin hockey, and when it clicks, it is a handful for any opposition. Kailin Dayal had a huge game, and seemed to be involved in everything, including opening the scoring with a nice finish after a skilful evasion of his defender.

Kings' defence was kept busy but it was also pushing hard; striker Lawson Davison was again creating chances but the University side seemed to have everything under control.

Kings took off its keeper and brought on another striker in an effort to get back in the game, but this allowed the Whales to double their lead early in the fourth quarter and extend again to put the game away at 3-0 late in the match.

Max Rasmussen led the Whales at the back, while Dayal and midfield counterpart Callum Dempster controlled the game. Josh Wypych scored one of the late goals, while Dayal completed his brace to really have a good day.

In the other matches Taieri turned on the jets late in their game to win 5-0 over Uni B, while Albany travelled to Gore and won on shootout after a scoreless draw with Southland.

 - Points table after week two: Uni A 8, Taieri 5, Kings United 4, Albany 4, Southland 1.

 - Matthew West

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